For Referring Physicians
The Center for Healthy Sleep is now accepting referrals to the Sleep Lab. Sleep study requisitions are available below or via Carelink (email Carelink@rchsd.org for information to sign up), where they can be completed. You can also request the forms via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and fax to 858-966-8201.
When submitting sleep study requisitions, please include any supporting documents as well as authorization information. Once valid authorization has been received by our center, we will call the patient/family to schedule their child’s study. Studies are performed Monday-Sunday night.
Completed studies will be made available to providers via the Hospital’s Medical Records office (phone: 858-966-5904; fax: 858-966-8527) unless orders were placed via Carelink, where they will available.
It is also encouraged to refer children to our Sleep Clinic for ongoing management of a potential sleep disorder, particularly if the studies are abnormal. To refer your patient to our clinic, please submit our Referral Fax Form.
The Center for Healthy Sleep also provides sleep consultations for all children with a suspected sleep disorder. These include sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, hypoventilation, dependency on positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy, and disorders of sleep initiation and maintenance (insomnia, sleep hygiene issues, circadian sleep disorders, periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome and disorders of hypersomnolence, including narcolepsy). Please call us at 858-966-5999 to schedule a consultation.
Types of Pediatric Sleep Studies
DIAGNOSTIC-OVERNIGHT SLEEP STUDY
This is the most common type of sleep study and is used to diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and their severity. This study requires an overnight stay in the lab with one parent/guardian present at all times.
MSLT (NAP) STUDY
This study is conducted following a general overnight sleep study and is used to diagnose disorders of hypersomnolence, including narcolepsy. This study requires patients to take naps throughout the day following the overnight sleep study and will require a parent/guardian to accompany the child for the entire day. A neurologist or sleep specialist can submit this order.
PAP TITRATION SLEEP STUDY
This is an overnight study in which the patient will use PAP therapy and be fitted with a mask. During the study, PAP is adjusted as needed to treat sleep-disordered breathing. A pulmonologist or sleep specialist can submit this order.